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Rain band moves in to Waikato/Auckland
Since 7 last night, 50 mm of rain has been recorded with very heavy downpours off and on throughout the night in Christchurch.  South Island Weather Analyst Richard Green says the heaviest falls were around 7pm and 5am this morning.

“Lightning and thunder accompanied the downpours last night and formed after another scorching Canterbury day”

“Some streets have had surface flooding overnight with one man caught in his car in the early hours of this morning, having to lift his car up to higher ground in the centre of a city roundabout with police coming to his aid”

Conditions have eased this morning with cooler conditions and passing showers.

Meanwhile it’s the North Island’s turn to get some rain.  Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says the latest radar image at 7:40am showed a large band of rain moving in to the Waikato and Auckland regions.  “Waikato will benefit the most from this and with some isolated thundstorms with this system some areas may be receive up to 20mm of rain.  This is significant rainfall even if it will be isolated”.
Duncan says Taranaki and King Country will also see rain.



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